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Canajorie Falls
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A waterfall on near Canorjie, NY with and a view of a shale outcropping. This and other rivers in the area used to flow west towards the Great Lakes Basin. At the end of the most recent ice age 16,000 years ago a huge meltwater lake, Lake Iriquois formed in the Great lakes area larger than Lake Ontario and Lake Erie combined. The east shore of this lake was a remnant lobe of ice that spanned the ancient Mohawk River Valley. This ice dam eventually melted and broke sending a huge torrent of water tearing through the valley to the Hudson River Basin. As the water camethrough it quickly eroded the softer shales that overlie a thick limestone sequence, stopping when it reached the more resistant limestone. Note the shale canyon wall exposed to the right of the falls and the flat limestone river bottom.

Copyright: Pete babij
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Resolution: 23400x11700
Uploaded: 05/04/2012
Updated: 10/04/2012
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Tags: waterfalls; river; geology; shale; limestone; erosion; water; outcrop
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